How To Clean Vintage Leather
Learning how to clean vintage leather is the same as cleaning any leather. Vintage just means that it is older and you need to clean vintage leather more often. You may think the opposite because it is delicate, but unkept vintage leather will not last long. Newer leather can go longer between cleanings, but the process to clean vintage leather is the same.
What you need to clean vintage leather:
- Clean soft cloths
- Mild soap
- Leather conditioner
- To clean vintage leather you need to have a few clean soft cloths on hand. One of your cloths will be used for cleaning. One cloth will be used to remove any soap residue. You will need a couple of dry cloths to dry your vintage leather.
- Choose a mild soap. Find a mild soap. Baby soap is a good suggestion. When you clean vintage leather think of how you would clean a baby's skin. If you have a soap that is too harsh or full of perfume, skin will dry out and crack badly. Well, the same thing will happen when you clean vintage leather.
- Grab a mixing bowl. Put some cool water about half way in a mixing bowl. Add about a teaspoon of soap to the water to make your cleaning solution. Too much soap will leave excess residue when you clean vintage leather. Take your clean cloth and get it damp in the cleaning solution.
- Clean one section of vintage leather at a time. This is a three-in-one step process. Have all of your cloths ready to clean vintage leather. With your damp soapy cloth, wipe off the vintage leather. With a clean damp cloth, wipe off the soap. With a dry cloth, pat dry the section of vintage leather completely. Do this until all sections are clean.
- Condition the vintage leather. Once you clean vintage leather you have to put back the oils that keep it soft and moisturized. Go to a store that sells leather conditioner and purchase some. Anywhere that sells leather will have it and it will not cost much. This is the most important step to clean vintage leather. the more often you condition vintage leather the longer you can enjoy it.